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Dhrupad Vocalist
Hindustani Vocalist

Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 22 Nov 2023


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

North Indian Classical Music, commonly known as Hindustani classical music, comprises the ancient Dhrupad and now widely represented Khayal styles. Originally sung at temples and later in royal courts and now in public concerts, Dhrupad comes from Dhruva (fixed position of the Pole star) and Pada (poetry) referring to fixed structure of composition. Many believe that Khayal style existed even earlier though it came to become the predominant form since the beginning of 19th century. The word Khayal comes from a Persian word, meaning imagination.

Gayan Parv not only presents the two main styles of Hindustani classical music in their vocal forms, namely Dhrupad and Khayal, it does so through their representation in Darbhanga tradition of Dhrupad (Gauhar bani) and Agra tradition of Khayal (Nauhar bani), two of the four banis of Dhrupad.

Darbhanga Tradition is one of the major traditions of Dhrupad in India. It is marked by the characteristics of Gauhar or Shuddha Vani and Khandar Vani. Dhrupad and particularly that of Darbhanga tradition is known for its majestic gait, melodic, rhythmic and lyrical richness. The presentation strives to create a sense of tranquility and avoids an exhibitionist approach but is not bereft of depth and virtuosity.

The Agra Gharana khayal gayaki is closer to Dhrupad style and Nauhar Bani. The style is characterised by nom-tom alap, an open-throated voice, systematic development of raag and a clear utterance of bandish, integrated with layakari and taankari in their presentations.

Gayan Parv is an evening of exploration into the traditions of Dhrupad and Khayal through two interwoven  performances by Sumeet Anand Pandey and Aditi Kaikini Upadhya beginning with Dhrupad-Dhammar and then going to Khayal-Thumri.

Sandip Jadhav | Pakhawaj
Sagar Bharatraj | Tabla
Vyasamurti Katti | Harmonium

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Sumeet Anand Pandey

Dhrupad Vocalist

Sumeet is the grandson of Pandit Siyaram Tiwari and later received formal training for 15 years from Pandit Abhay Narayan Mallick. He is recognised as one of the most promising talents emerging in Dhrupad style and strives to present alap and composition with equal weightage in typical Darbhanga style particularly known for its layakari.

Aditi Kaikini Upadhya

Hindustani Vocalist

Aditi Kaikini Upadhya, daughter and disciple of Pandit Kaikini is taking forward this line of the tradition and strives to teach and perform the Agra Gayaki with great attention to detail. A methodical teacher and refined performer, she is active in the field of Hindustani classical music propagating Agra gayaki in India and abroad for many decades.